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Dr Sean A Baron Levi

 

Contact Details

Phone: +61 2 9210 1463
Email: baronlevi@statechambers.net

Date of Admission to the Bar

2010

Date of Admission as a Solicitor

1999

Areas of Practice

  • Public International Law
  • Conflict of Laws
  • International Arbitration
  • Oil & Gas
  • Commercial & Equity
  • Intellectual Property
  • Defamation
  • Criminal Appellate
  • Human Rights

Admissions

  • Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York (2012)
  • High Court of Australia (2010)
  • Supreme Court of England and Wales (2008)
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales (1999)

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Economics with Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours (Macquarie University)
  • Master of Laws with Distinction in Public International Law (University of Edinburgh)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public International Law (University of Edinburgh)


Practice Overview

Dr Sean BARON LEVI is a member of the New South Wales and New York bars. He acts in international and commercial matters.

Prior to being called to the bar he practiced in the international arbitration and public international law group of New York-based law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. He acted for and advised Sovereign States and corporations in matters involving the law of armed conflict and use of force, state and diplomatic immunities, maritime and territorial boundaries, international trade, bilateral investment treaties, oil and gas disputes, extradition, human rights and international criminal law.

Dr Baron Levi has provided advices to prime ministers, foreign ministers, attorneys general and justice ministers in relation to matters including the creation of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission (to investigate the assassination of Rafic Hariri), the bombing of a Lebanese port, the murder of a senior diplomat of a Persian Gulf State while on mission abroad, the state and sovereign immunities of parties to the principal litigation arising out of the bombing of the World Trade Centre, the extradition of a senior political figure in relation to terrorism and coup d’état, obligations under bilateral trade and investment treaties and human rights.

A winner of the Chevening Scholarship from the British Foreign Office, Dr Baron Levi received an LLM and PhD in public international law from the University of Edinburgh School of Law where he was a tutor and sessional lecturer in public international and criminal law.


Selected Cases

  • *** v ***, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Arbitration No. 131 of 2015 (current) (secretariat). International oil and gas arbitration sitting in Singapore and London.
  • Yunghanns v C***, Supreme Court of Victoria, case No S CI 2016 11070 (current) (led by Bruce McClintock SC). Defamation proceedings concerning imputations as to compliance with contractual and fiduciary duties.

  • C*** v Carnival Australia, Supreme Court of NSW, case No 2017/340716 (current) (led by Michael Windsor SC). Concerns issues of conflict of laws and the laws of the French Republic in tortious proceedings in NSW.

  • G*** v Grech, Supreme Court of New South Wales, case No 2017/273635 (current) (led by Bret Walker SC). Part 50 appeal. Concerns issues relating to standing to sue, legal and equitable title and the jurisdiction of the court to substitute a party on appeal.

  • *** v Independent State of ***, Supreme Court of NSW (current). Concerns issues of state and sovereign immunities and the assumption of contractual obligations by a sovereign State.

  • Chen v The Queen [2018] HCATrans; [2018] NSWCCA 157 (led by Murugan Thangaraj SC). Appeal before NSW Court of Criminal Appeal and Special leave application before enlarged bench of the High Court. Concerned principles relating to admissibility of expert evidence under s 79 of the Evidence Act, bias and non-compliance with the expert witness code of conduct.

  • EIFY Systems Pty Ltd v 3D Safety Systems Pty Ltd [2017] NSWSC 1310; [2018] FCA 1017. Supreme Court of NSW and Federal Court of Australia (appellate jurisdiction) (led by Franco Corsaro SC). Concerned issues relating to joint venture agreements, confidential information, fiduciary duties, web-based agreements and copyright in digital works.

  • Falconer v ***, Supreme Court of NSW, case No 2017/266264 (led by Bret Walker SC)(settled). Concerned issues of contract formation, proprietary and promissory estoppel, restitution and contracts contrary to law or public policy.

  • G1PC Pty Ltd v PetStock Pty Ltd and ors, Federal Court of Australia, case No NSD 1154 of 2015 (settled). Application against multiple respondents for relief relating to alleged trade mark infringement and cross-application for removal of trade marks. Concerned issues of generecism.

  • Secure Parking Pty Limited v Woollahra Municipal Council [2016] NSWCA 164, NSW Court of Appeal (led by Bret Walker SC). Concerned issues of contract formation and misleading or deceptive conduct under the Australian Consumer Law.  

  • Woollahra Municipal Council v Secure Parking (No. 2) [2015] NSWSC 452. Supreme Court of New South Wales. Concerned the extent of the privilege in relation to communications during court-ordered mediation 

  • Arora Markets Pty Limited v Workers Compensation Nominal Insurer [2015] NSWSC 107. Supreme Court of New South Wales. Acted for the Workers Compensation Nominal Insurer in opposing an application to set aside a statutory demand. Concerned the question of whether the availability of prerogative relief against the calculation of workers compensation (which creates an automatic statutory debt under the Workers Compensation Act) may amount to a genuine dispute for the purpose of setting aside a demand. It examined the intersection of administrative and corporations law. 

  • Jaffarie v Director General of Security [2015] HCATrans 46; [2014] FCFCA 102. Full Court of the Federal Court and High Court of Australia (special leave) (led by Shane Prince). Acted for the applicant in relation to an adverse ASIO security assessment and consequent immigration detention. Concerned the question of the circumstances in which people smuggling was a serious threat to national security within the meaning of the ASIO Act and raised issues of administrative law, constitutional law, migration and national security.